Kansas City Diocese to open cause for sainthood for Sister Marie de Mandat –Grancey
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph will open a case to determine if a 19th century French nun will become a saint.
Via the diocesan website:
Half a world away from a shrine that attracts millions of Christian and Muslim pilgrims each year, a Cause for the Beatification and Canonization for Sainthood will open on Friday, January 21, at 6 p.m., at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Kansas City, for Sister Marie de Mandat –Grancey, a woman who was instrumental in identifying the House of Mary in Ephesus, Turkey. Sister Marie played a central role in the preservation of Mary’s Home, said to have been the dwelling of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the Apostle John, after the crucifixion. The shrine, on a hillside overlooking Ephesus, is a place of pilgrimage for millions of people each year, both Christians and Muslims.
“We are honored to be designated by the Vatican to undertake this work of studying Sister Marie’s life,” said Bishop Robert Finn of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. “Her holiness was well known in her day, and this process will be a source of inspiration to many.”
Born into French nobility in 1837, Adele Louise Marie de Mandat-Grancey surrendered a life of privilege to enter a religious community. As a Daughter of Charity, she devoted her early ministry to care for the sick and teach orphans in Paris. Under her leadership, the orphanage tripled in size and inspired the necessary donations of food and clothing to care for the children. In 1886, she moved to a medical mission at a hospital in Smyrna, Turkey. There, she joined archaeologists in researching the location of Mary’s Home and rescuing it from oblivion. Contemporary popes – Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI – have honored the Shrine at Ephesus with pilgrimages to the site.